Dr. Masud Chowdhury has been awarded University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB) funding to investigate “Technology and Design Hierarchy Independent Modeling and Analysis of Thermal Effects in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits.” When the power is increased in micro and nano-electronic devices, temperature increases. That’s as bad for the integrated circuits and systems making up electronic devices as spilling your favorite beverage on them, maybe worse. To develop newer technologies beyond the capabilities of the current semiconductor industry necessitates innovative, comprehensive tools and techniques to address the critical issues like exponentially increasing power and temperature in micro and nano-electronic devices.
Nahid Hossain and Munem Hossain, IPh.D Electrical Engineering Students, were selected to present their papers at the 2013 Community of Scholars Symposium, joining five other doctoral students from across the UMKC campus. Earning this semi-finalist status, was a great honor and gave them the opportunity to present at the May 9, 2013 Scholars Symposium. Nahid’s paper won the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council (IDSC) Paper Presentation Award for his paper “Exploring Graphene Nanotechnology for the Next Generation Nonvolatile Memory”! The IDSC award was given to three of the seven students and includes a certificate with a $500 monetary prize and the opportunity to publish in the 2013 edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Munem’s paper was titled “Heat Transfer Simplations and Analysis for Pulsed Laser Annealing of a Silicon Thin Film”. The event was organized by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council, the UMKC Conservatory and the School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Masud Chowdhury is Nahid’s and Munem’s faculty advisor and we know he is very proud of both of his students!
At the annual symposium of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society held at Seoul, South Korea this Summer 2012, Dr. Masud Chowdhury was unanimously elected as the Future Chair of the IEEE VLSI Systems and Applications (IEEE VSA) Technical Committee (TC). Installed in October 2012 as the Chair-Elect/Secretary of IEEE VSA TC, Dr. Chowdhury will serve in this capacity for the next two years. He will then become the Chair of IEEE VSA TC in 2014. SCE congratulates Dr. Masud Chowdhury on his being selected by his IEEE peers for these critical positions. We are proud of his service to his profession and know that his students will benefit from this service. It is a great honor for UMKC and SCE that the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society selected Dr. Masud Chowdhry, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering to chair the IEEE VSA TC.
IEEE VSA TC oversees VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits) related sessions and activities in IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s flagship conference International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) and six other IEEE conferences (MWSCAS, NEWCAS, GLSVLSI, APCCAS, LASCAS and ICECS). This committee also supervises special issues of IEEE Transactions on VLSI (TVLSI), which is the leading journal in this area.
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Masud Chowdhury! He will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) of UMKC and Chief Coordinator on a team of researchers from Northwestern University, Michigan Molecular Institute, UMKC and Digital Optics Technologies on a $750,000 AFOSR Phase II SBIR grant that was recently funded.
Their project, the Next Generation Nano-electronic Circuit Elements Using Graphene Nano Ribbons, will investigate the potentials of using nanotechnology for the development of graphene based integrated circuits for future computing, communication and electronics applications. As integrated circuits technologies scale down to nanometer dimensions, conventional semiconductor devices and metal wires are approaching their fundamental physical and material limits. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and other federal agencies are actively looking to introduce radical alternatives for the design of the next generation circuits and systems. One of the potential directions for future electronics industry is the adoption of nanotechnology using different forms of graphene. Dr. Chowdhury’s team has been investigating two forms of graphene – carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene nanoribbon (GNR) for nanoscale integrated circuits. The project, which is based Dr. Masud Chowdhury’s prior work, will involve material experts from MMI, nanofabrication team from Northwestern and theoretical research groups from UMKC and DOT. Dr. Chowdhury will coordinate the overall effort.